The longlist for the Women's Prize for Fiction (formally the Orange Prize) was announced two weeks back and it's a very fine list indeed. Twenty books will be whittled down to a shortlist to be announced on 16th April and the winner will be announced on the 5th June.
With a great judging panel of actress Miranda Richardson (chair), author Jojo Moyes, writer and activist Natasha Walter, editor and journalist Rachel Johnson and BBC broadcaster Razia Iqbal this is one prize that is always guaranteed great long and shortlists to read through.Whilst I may not have always agreed with the choice of winner, the selected novels always bring intelligent and challenging reads and this year is no exception.
A Trick I Learned From Dead Men by Kitty Aldridge (Jonathan Cape-Random House)
Alif The Unseen by G. Willow Wilson (Corvus Books-Atlantic)
Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantell (Fourth Estate-Harper Collins)
Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver (Faber and Faber)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Wiedenfeld and Nicolson-Orion)
Honour by Elif Shafak (Viking-Penguin)
How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti (Harvill Secker-Random House)
Ignorance by Michele Roberts (Bloomsbury)
Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam (Hutchinson-Random House)
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Doubleday-Random House)
Mateship With Birds by Carrie Tiffany (Picador)
May We Be Forgiven by A. M. Holmes (Granta Books)
NW by Zadie Smith (Hamish Hamilton-Penguin)
The Forrests by Emily Perkins (Bloomsbury Circus-Bloomsbury)
The Innocents by Francesca Segal (Chatto and Windus-Random House)
The Light Between Oceans by M.L.Stedman (Doubleday-Random House)
The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber (Sceptre-Hodder)
The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu (Hogarth-Vintage)
The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Cogan (Virago)
Where'd You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple (Wiedenfeld and Nicolson-Orion)
Good luck to all the shortlisted authors and their publishers and watch this space for the updates.